Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be.

Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be.

Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be. You’re sitting there. Your legs hurt after a bunch of suwari-waza. The instructor demonstrates a technique, and you can tell there’s some subtlety to it. He shows it 3 times, pronounces its name, and says “Ok, partners”… and there you are, left mainly to your own devices. You…

I'm speaking with Ed Haponik, 2nd Dan

I’m speaking with Ed Haponik, 2nd Dan

I’m speaking with Ed Haponik, 2nd Dan Weiner Sensei: Ed-san, What led you to Aikido? Ed-san: I came to aikido through my study of Japanese swordsmanship. I’d studied martial arts throughout my youth, but I really gravitated toward aikido’s spiritual component and its philosophy of seeking harmony instead of domination. Weiner Sensei:  How would you…

Jo - Aikido of Charlotte, USAF Dojo, Charlotte, NC

Origins Of the Jo Staff

The martial arts are a pretty dogmatic discipline. We tend to practice techniques as instructed, concentrating less upon the historical context from which they arose. It’s ironic because so many of the legendary teachers and grandmasters whose skill we seek to emulate were, themselves rebels and revolutionaries. I like to think that in aikido, which…

The ever-elusive concept of “ki”

Throughout my study of aikido, I’ve had a number of curious friends ask me “is that ki stuff for real?”. I usually respond that “it’s absolutely real – it’s just not what you think it is”. Here in the West, I find that it’s pretty easy for people to get hung up on the “ki”…